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The spectacular scenery and craggy beaches draw tourists to the small Oregon town of Sunset Bay. But Sanctuary Ranch offers a different kind of experience: a refuge for people--and animals--desperate for a new beginning . . . Haylee Hansen has made a career out of caring for and training the dogs and horses on her aunt's ranch. Part halfway house, part work camp, it also The spectacular scenery and craggy beaches draw tourists to the small Oregon town of Sunset Bay. But Sanctuary Ranch offers a different kind of experience: a refuge for people--and animals--desperate for a new beginning . . . Haylee Hansen has made a career out of caring for and training the dogs and horses on her aunt's ranch. Part halfway house, part work camp, it also gives troubled kids and adults the tough love they so desperately need. Haylee should know. She was her aunt's first success story. But now her turbulent past is about to show up on her doorstep . . After thirteen years running a level one emergency room in Portland, Aiden McCall arrives in Sunset Bay a broken man. Anger and anxiety have nearly taken over his life--and could sabotage his new job at the local hospital. Until someone proposes an unconventional solution: a therapy dog. Haylee has seen her share of damaged people, but no one like Aiden. As she tries to match him with the perfect dog, he'll help her to see that no one has a perfect life. And that opening yourself up to love is the only way to heal your soul . . .


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The spectacular scenery and craggy beaches draw tourists to the small Oregon town of Sunset Bay. But Sanctuary Ranch offers a different kind of experience: a refuge for people--and animals--desperate for a new beginning . . . Haylee Hansen has made a career out of caring for and training the dogs and horses on her aunt's ranch. Part halfway house, part work camp, it also The spectacular scenery and craggy beaches draw tourists to the small Oregon town of Sunset Bay. But Sanctuary Ranch offers a different kind of experience: a refuge for people--and animals--desperate for a new beginning . . . Haylee Hansen has made a career out of caring for and training the dogs and horses on her aunt's ranch. Part halfway house, part work camp, it also gives troubled kids and adults the tough love they so desperately need. Haylee should know. She was her aunt's first success story. But now her turbulent past is about to show up on her doorstep . . After thirteen years running a level one emergency room in Portland, Aiden McCall arrives in Sunset Bay a broken man. Anger and anxiety have nearly taken over his life--and could sabotage his new job at the local hospital. Until someone proposes an unconventional solution: a therapy dog. Haylee has seen her share of damaged people, but no one like Aiden. As she tries to match him with the perfect dog, he'll help her to see that no one has a perfect life. And that opening yourself up to love is the only way to heal your soul . . .

30 review for Sunset Bay Sanctuary

  1. 4 out of 5

    Nicola

    I’m no stranger to Roxanne Snopek’s work—her Three River Ranch series is one of my favourites of all time—and Sunset Bay Sanctuary definitely had a similar vibe for me, with a strong message that DNA isn’t a necessary requirement to call people family. And once I’d wrapped my head around the who’s who of characters—because we do have a few, human and hound—it was an enjoyable, promising start to the series. We’re called Sanctuary Ranch for a reason.” Harbouring painful pasts, both dog whisperer I’m no stranger to Roxanne Snopek’s work—her Three River Ranch series is one of my favourites of all time—and Sunset Bay Sanctuary definitely had a similar vibe for me, with a strong message that DNA isn’t a necessary requirement to call people family. And once I’d wrapped my head around the who’s who of characters—because we do have a few, human and hound—it was an enjoyable, promising start to the series. We’re called Sanctuary Ranch for a reason.” Harbouring painful pasts, both dog whisperer, Haylee and ER doc, Aiden have focused on their careers as a coping mechanism and. fittingly, the romance is slower burn, with it almost playing second fiddle to getting to know all the characters the first half. Because this isn’t just Haylee and Aiden’s journey—granted they’re at the very centre—but they’re surrounded by a cast of secondary characters who are integral and each have their own stories to tell. And whilst the narrative shifting between the characters did initially take some getting used to, as things began to fall into place and Aiden and Haylee give into their growing feelings, we’re brought everything from tenderness to frustration, and moments to make you smile. Maybe I’m planning to compromise your virtue. The two of us, alone, at night, in a barn.” I loved Aidan: from his ability to take charge in difficult situations to his gentler side and determination in fighting the inner torment of his past, he was lovely, but I can’t deny there were times when I struggled with Haylee because irrespective of how amazing she is with animals, when it comes to humans she can be thoughtless and harder-hearted. However she has her reasons for protecting herself and as the story develops and Aiden works his way through her steel reinforced exterior, I admit I did warm to her hugely and felt I’d been a bit of a judgemental bugger. Some aspects felt a little unfinished, mainly involving Sage, but that didn’t detract from a sound opener to a series which brings the small-town family-feel in spades and scope for much more. Driftwood Creek is due for release mid 2018 and I’ll definitely be checking out Jamie and Gideon’s story. Copy received courtesy of Kensington for an honest and unbiased opinion.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Roxanne Snopek

    Perhaps every author feels this way about certain books, but this one has a special place in my heart. This isn't a review, obviously. I love Sunset Bay, these characters, this story, and I hope you will, too. Happy reading! -roxanne

  3. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    Sunset Bay Sanctuary Roxanne Snopek I have read a few other books by Roxanne Snopek before but after reading SUNSET BAY SANCTUARY I will read every book she has written. I instantly felt like I was on the beach in Oregon dodging seagulls and feeling the sand between my toes. SUNSET BAY SANCTUARY is the first book in the Sunset Bay series. It's all about family and even though you might not share DNA with these family members, you are still family no matter what. Haylee has had a painful past and w Sunset Bay Sanctuary Roxanne Snopek I have read a few other books by Roxanne Snopek before but after reading SUNSET BAY SANCTUARY I will read every book she has written. I instantly felt like I was on the beach in Oregon dodging seagulls and feeling the sand between my toes. SUNSET BAY SANCTUARY is the first book in the Sunset Bay series. It's all about family and even though you might not share DNA with these family members, you are still family no matter what. Haylee has had a painful past and works on her aunt's ranch taking care of the animals and the troubled youths who come to the ranch for a second chance. It's almost like a halfway house. Hold on people, it's going to be a crazy ride! SUNSET BAY SANCTUARY is filled with family and second chances and once you start reading, it is impossible to put down. Keep the tissues close by because this will be one heck of an emotional journey. When Haylee meets the new doctor in town, Aiden McCall who is looking for a peaceful and anxiety free life, neither of their lives will ever be the same. Will Haylee be able to help Aiden heal from his past? Once I started reading SUNSET BAY SANCTUARY I found myself cheering for all of these people and praying they could find their happily ever after. Sometimes, it just doesn't happen but I still had hope the whole time. Roxanne Snopek really knows how to write about family drama, heartbreak, and forgiveness. I can not wait to read more by this wonderful and heart tugging author. I have many of her older books to read and that makes me so happy. SUNSET BAY SANCTUARY is all about letting go of the past and learning how to move on. It is filled with likable and relatable characters that will find their way into the readers heart. If you are looking for a book about a less than perfect family, SUNSET BAY SANCTUARY is the story for you. Spend the afternoon on your beach chair or on your couch devouring this beautiful story. You will love every minute of it! I received a complimentary copy of this book from Netgalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Bea Charmed

    A sweet, wrenching love story about family and healing. I liked that the leads, Haylee and Aidan were in their 30s instead of the ubiquitous 20s so popular currently. And there's an older couple and they happen to be a lesbian couple. Their relationship wasn't the focus though they played important roles in the story. Snopek wrote a lovely story of the family we're born into, the family you make, the choices you make, and the pain that comes to everyone. With insight, hope, and quiet tugs at the A sweet, wrenching love story about family and healing. I liked that the leads, Haylee and Aidan were in their 30s instead of the ubiquitous 20s so popular currently. And there's an older couple and they happen to be a lesbian couple. Their relationship wasn't the focus though they played important roles in the story. Snopek wrote a lovely story of the family we're born into, the family you make, the choices you make, and the pain that comes to everyone. With insight, hope, and quiet tugs at the heart, "Sunset Bay Sanctuary" is a wonderful love story encompassing both familial love and romantic love.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Cathy Geha

    Sunset Bay Sanctuary by Roxanne Snopek Sunset Bay #1 Great start to a new series set on the Oregon coast – I can’t wait to see who will have their story told yet – there were so many great characters waiting in the wings to step on stage! Haylee Hanson has not had an easy life but has found her way through dark times to co-own Sunset Bay Sanctuary with her aunt Oliva. This is a ranch setting near the beach where they take in guests, help wayward youth and where Haylee trains dogs that will help oth Sunset Bay Sanctuary by Roxanne Snopek Sunset Bay #1 Great start to a new series set on the Oregon coast – I can’t wait to see who will have their story told yet – there were so many great characters waiting in the wings to step on stage! Haylee Hanson has not had an easy life but has found her way through dark times to co-own Sunset Bay Sanctuary with her aunt Oliva. This is a ranch setting near the beach where they take in guests, help wayward youth and where Haylee trains dogs that will help others. The dogs were charming, the people intriguing, the backstories and subplots like a web with intricate threads…this was a story I could not put down. Aiden McCall is working temporarily at the local emergency room. He has his own set of demons to deal with that include panic attacks, nightmares and other assorted issues that make work difficult and his life stressful in general. With the suggestion a dog might help he is off to see Haylee. Sage is another person of interest that shows up pregnant and in need. Her story is a whopper and impacts more than one person in the book. I don’t want to say much more but I will say that I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was well plotted and written and a delight to read. I am eager to read book two in the series as soon as it comes out. Thank you to NetGalley and Kensington Books – Zebra Shout for the ARC – This is my honest review. 5 Stars

  6. 4 out of 5

    Isha Coleman

    Sunset Bay Sanctuary (Sunset Bay) by Roxanne Snopek   Ms. Snopek makes it hard not to believe in happily ever after. The trials of being human are realistic and painful, but ever the optimist, Snopek finds a way to heal as she entertains. There will be tears, but there will also be moments of hope and that is something everyone needs. Sunset Bay Sanctuary opens the eyes to life's missed opportunities, but it also unlocks the heart to endless possibilities. Informative, innovative, overflowing wit Sunset Bay Sanctuary (Sunset Bay) by Roxanne Snopek   Ms. Snopek makes it hard not to believe in happily ever after. The trials of being human are realistic and painful, but ever the optimist, Snopek finds a way to heal as she entertains. There will be tears, but there will also be moments of hope and that is something everyone needs. Sunset Bay Sanctuary opens the eyes to life's missed opportunities, but it also unlocks the heart to endless possibilities. Informative, innovative, overflowing with that trademark Snopek humor and wisdom, Haylee and Aiden will prove faith can move mountains, if you believe.      

  7. 4 out of 5

    R

    Dear Aiden, Your world has fallen apart, and you’re a broken man. But even as you run away from your fears, Fate has given you a second chance. There are places of healing in this world… Places where all your broken pieces can rest where they are-- while you wrestle through the puzzle of putting yourself back together. Sunset Bay Sanctuary is such a place. There is peace in the roar of the ocean and the sting of the salt-wind. There is support when you need it-- but no coddling here… There is no one Dear Aiden, Your world has fallen apart, and you’re a broken man. But even as you run away from your fears, Fate has given you a second chance. There are places of healing in this world… Places where all your broken pieces can rest where they are-- while you wrestle through the puzzle of putting yourself back together. Sunset Bay Sanctuary is such a place. There is peace in the roar of the ocean and the sting of the salt-wind. There is support when you need it-- but no coddling here… There is no one here to tell you to suck it up and move on. There is no judgement. The expectations go from moment to moment, day to day. There are therapy dogs… and horses… And people to tend… the chores of ranch life. The hard work of your body and hands can earn the space you need for the hard work in your soul. And there is friendship and love. Bottom line: I wanted to linger in Sunset Bay Sanctuary... In fact, I did. The book stayed with me for several days after I finished it, while I pondered the words for my review. 5 stars.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Kim Reads (Read Your Writes Book Reviews)

    4.5 stars Sunset Bay Sanctuary was not what I expected. I thought it was going to be a romance with people who were broken or damaged, healing themselves, and falling in love. It’s that and so much more. I read the blurb several times. Nowhere in the blurb did I get a sense that this was going to be a story that would almost bring me to tears. A story that would have me hating, yes, hating the characters. Sunset Bay Sanctuary is a story full of love, friendship, family, and angst. I can’t forget 4.5 stars Sunset Bay Sanctuary was not what I expected. I thought it was going to be a romance with people who were broken or damaged, healing themselves, and falling in love. It’s that and so much more. I read the blurb several times. Nowhere in the blurb did I get a sense that this was going to be a story that would almost bring me to tears. A story that would have me hating, yes, hating the characters. Sunset Bay Sanctuary is a story full of love, friendship, family, and angst. I can’t forget about the dogs. They are characters as well, and at times really steal the scene. Haylee Hansen has lived a tough life. She lost her mother at the age of thirteen and then only two years later lost her father and brother on the same day. She ended up moving cross country to stay with her aunt Olivia who she barely knew. Through many trials and heartache, the two became close and ultimately started Sanctuary Ranch. The place is a combination of a working dude ranch, foster home, and animal rescue. All those working and/or living at the ranch have deep scars and troubled pasts. However, they are family to the core. Aiden McCall has lived through a nightmare. One that for the past four years he keeps reliving nightly. Once at the top of his field in emergency medicine, he now finds himself temporarily in the small town of Sunset Bay, Oregon at Sunset Bay Memorial, a low-level hospital. Haylee and Aiden are thrust together when it is suggested that Aiden get a therapy dog to help with his anxiety. What should only be a professional relationship turns personal when desire is awakened in them both. Haylee insists that because of their issues, she and Aiden would never work. But Aiden sees that she’s scared and is very persistent. I have to admit that there is A LOT going on with Sunset Bay Sanctuary. I initially found the large number of characters, almost introduced at once, daunting to keep up with. Haylee’s past threw me for a loop. A discovery by Aiden had me screaming and turning on the waterworks. The climax of this story had me happy for Haylee and Aiden and glad that I stuck with the story. However, I was left with some unanswered questions. As I mentioned, there is a large cast of characters and I’m looking forward to getting more of their individual backgrounds in future stories. I really hope a certain knitting cowboy gets a story. **Received a copy from the author and reviewed voluntarily.**

  9. 5 out of 5

    Eileen

    WOW!!! Words cannot describe how much I loved and was moved by Sunset Bay Sanctuary by Roxanne Snopek, the first book in her Sunset Bay series. This is a story of two people who are struggling with soul-crushing pain, anxieties, and past decisions that have affected their lives. Haylee Hansen trains dog on her aunt’s ranch which is part halfway house and part work camp. It’s a place where troubled kids and adults receive the love they greatly need. Haylee understands, as she was once one of thos WOW!!! Words cannot describe how much I loved and was moved by Sunset Bay Sanctuary by Roxanne Snopek, the first book in her Sunset Bay series. This is a story of two people who are struggling with soul-crushing pain, anxieties, and past decisions that have affected their lives. Haylee Hansen trains dog on her aunt’s ranch which is part halfway house and part work camp. It’s a place where troubled kids and adults receive the love they greatly need. Haylee understands, as she was once one of those teens, after losing the last of her family to 9-11. Only now, her troubled past ends up on her doorstep, turning her life upside down. Dr. Aidan McCall is a broken man when he arrived in Sunset Bay. He is controlled by the anger and anxiety from his past, affecting his life. He is fearful of this interfering with his new job at the Sunset Bay hospital, until someone suggests that he get a therapy dog. Haylee knows Aidan has baggage and is troubled but she wants to match him with the perfect dog to help him. As these two spend time together, Aidan helps Haylee see that no one has a perfect life and that opening yourself up to love is the only way you can heal your soul. I really loved reading this heart-warming book, it moved me, and brought tears to my eyes. Ms. Snopek, is a wonderful story teller drawing me into her book, making me forget the world around me and not letting me go until I turned the last page. I did not want to put this book down to stop reading. I highly recommend this book to other readers and look forward to the next book in this series. I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Roberta McCord

    I received an ARC copy of Sunset Bay Sanctuary by Roxanne Snopek in exchange for an honest review. I would give this sweet romance a solid 4.5 rating. I enjoyed the way Ms. Snopek brought two hurting people together along with other characters that also grew and benefited as the story progressed. In addition to romance there were times of suspense that definitely kept me turning the pages. Besides the happy-ever-after I enjoyed the fact that the heroine, Haylee, trained service dogs...sometimes I received an ARC copy of Sunset Bay Sanctuary by Roxanne Snopek in exchange for an honest review. I would give this sweet romance a solid 4.5 rating. I enjoyed the way Ms. Snopek brought two hurting people together along with other characters that also grew and benefited as the story progressed. In addition to romance there were times of suspense that definitely kept me turning the pages. Besides the happy-ever-after I enjoyed the fact that the heroine, Haylee, trained service dogs...sometimes using stray dogs or dogs no one wanted... whether this is true-to-life or not, I choose to believe that there can be a HEA for animals as well as people. Great story Roxanne! Thank you!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Paula

    Oh, I do hope that Sunset Bay Sanctuary is the beginning of a new series for Roxanne Snopek. I did so enjoy this book about healing animals and people through a working/training/refuge ranch. Three is an entire cast of likable and believable characters who I would love to see have their own stories. Haylee Hansen, niece to the owner of the ranch, now a dog and horse expert has her story in this book. Aiden McCall is the type of person who would benefit from Sunset Bay Sanctuary. It is a marvelous Oh, I do hope that Sunset Bay Sanctuary is the beginning of a new series for Roxanne Snopek. I did so enjoy this book about healing animals and people through a working/training/refuge ranch. Three is an entire cast of likable and believable characters who I would love to see have their own stories. Haylee Hansen, niece to the owner of the ranch, now a dog and horse expert has her story in this book. Aiden McCall is the type of person who would benefit from Sunset Bay Sanctuary. It is a marvelous story to read as he finds healing for his soul and love for his heart. In fact, this is a perfect description of the book; soul touching and heart embracing. An ARC of the book was given to me by the publisher through Net Galley.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Liz

    This is another heart-warming story by Roxanne Snopek. An easy read with interesting characters, it's the type of book you want to read after a hard day. In addition, the dogs make it even more pleasurable. I am sure that I will be reading more about Sunset Bay in the future. I won a copy of this book in a Goodreads giveaway for this honest review.

  13. 5 out of 5

    ShinyObject

    I received a copy of Sunset Bay Sanctuary by Roxanne Snopek from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I enjoyed reading this novel. The characters were flawed, but likable; and their problems/challenges seemed relatable (as did their reactions). This was a quick read of the best type.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Sandy

    This book had a lot of my favorite things; a ranch, the Pacific coast, rescue dogs, and more. I loved the characters and how all of their backgrounds had things that brought them to the ranch to heal. The characters all had a way of bonding and coming together for one another. Just enough romance! Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for the ARC.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Diana

    I requested this free ARC copy in return for an honest review, so here goes..... Romantic and refreshing.... A beautifully told story that captivated from the start. An amazing storyline that flows easily. An honest portrayal of an uplifting love story that is well written, edited and to the point, kept me entertained throughout. With memorable characters that you are sure to fall in love with. The characters and events in this book are completely relatable. Brilliantly detailed, with realistic w I requested this free ARC copy in return for an honest review, so here goes..... Romantic and refreshing.... A beautifully told story that captivated from the start. An amazing storyline that flows easily. An honest portrayal of an uplifting love story that is well written, edited and to the point, kept me entertained throughout. With memorable characters that you are sure to fall in love with. The characters and events in this book are completely relatable. Brilliantly detailed, with realistic writing style that draws the reader in. Classy, intriguing, interwoven and beautifully done. A breathtaking adventure that is wonderfully heartfelt. I have absolutely no hesitation whatsoever in recommending this book. A MUST read. Thank you RS 😁

  16. 5 out of 5

    Debra

    I really enjoyed reading this book from NetGalley, I highly recommend it to my friends & family. I love the storyline & these characters, I look forward to reading the next book when t comes out.Love her writing style, read The chocolate cure

  17. 4 out of 5

    Kathleen Gray

    If you need a heartwarming novel that will lift your spirits, this is the one for you. Snopek has created an entirely believable cast of characters at the Sanctuary Ranch, which makes this all the better. Haylee benefited from her aunt's love and healing touch and now she passes that on to the animals and people who come to the ranch. Aidan has dealt with a lot of pain in his job at the emergency room and now he too is in pain. You know, don't you, that Haylee is not just going to match the perf If you need a heartwarming novel that will lift your spirits, this is the one for you. Snopek has created an entirely believable cast of characters at the Sanctuary Ranch, which makes this all the better. Haylee benefited from her aunt's love and healing touch and now she passes that on to the animals and people who come to the ranch. Aidan has dealt with a lot of pain in his job at the emergency room and now he too is in pain. You know, don't you, that Haylee is not just going to match the perfect dog to Aidan, the two of them are going to find love as well. Thanks to netgalley for the ARC. Try this one for a well written, encouraging novel that will pull at your emotions.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Debra

    Sunset Bay Sanctuary is a place of healing. Both people and animals are welcome. Haylee Hansen has lived with her Aunt ever since she lost her family and needed the sanctuary to heal, but an unexpected guest will bring her past into the present. Aiden McCall needs a change. He is a trauma unit Emergency Room Doctor who is broken. The small town hospital is what he needs yet he still has issues that threaten his new job. Haylee is working hard to find the perfect dog for Aiden. Together they will Sunset Bay Sanctuary is a place of healing. Both people and animals are welcome. Haylee Hansen has lived with her Aunt ever since she lost her family and needed the sanctuary to heal, but an unexpected guest will bring her past into the present. Aiden McCall needs a change. He is a trauma unit Emergency Room Doctor who is broken. The small town hospital is what he needs yet he still has issues that threaten his new job. Haylee is working hard to find the perfect dog for Aiden. Together they will learn that love hurts and heals! Ms. Snopek is a wonderful writer. This is a must read if you love to get caught up love and romance. The story is strong with characters and dogs that pull at your heart. Enjoy!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Mommysmoose

    This book was a great read. Haylee and her aunt run a sanctuary in a small town. Haylee has created a life for herself after living through a past of losses. Keeping her dogs close and the rest of the world out until Aiden shows up looking to get over the loss in his life. They are both drawn to each other and help each other heal. With twists and turns from the past they make a future together with all the strays that end up at Sanctuary Bay.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Robin Bielman

    Another wonderful, heartwarming read from one of my favorite people!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Charlene Groome

    This is a heartfelt romance. Roxanne excels at making you care about her characters and she does with Sunset Bay Sanctuary.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Nicole Normand

    I received a copy from NetGalley; this is my honest review. #SunsetBaySanctuary #NetGalley -I loved the way the relationship between Dr. Mac and Haylee grew; no insta-love, not lust, but a twinge of interest and a planted seed by friends and family. -They both have baggage, working through them slowly but surely. It's not that easy. -There are many people in this book but I could differentiate them: ranch, hospital, etc.; then the workers, the fosters, and the customers (we didn't much of those). -T I received a copy from NetGalley; this is my honest review. #SunsetBaySanctuary #NetGalley -I loved the way the relationship between Dr. Mac and Haylee grew; no insta-love, not lust, but a twinge of interest and a planted seed by friends and family. -They both have baggage, working through them slowly but surely. It's not that easy. -There are many people in this book but I could differentiate them: ranch, hospital, etc.; then the workers, the fosters, and the customers (we didn't much of those). -The book talks about breastfeeding (I breastfed during pregnancy, non-twins, toddlers), help dogs, such as dogs that alerted deaf owners to sounds - my father had such a dog, and a bit in passing about planting according to the moon cycle (my DH and I had a 30'x80' garden and followed the moon's cycles). -Too much graphic info on an actual car accident (spinal cord twist and snap, ...). It was a bit too vivid for me. Yes, it's a medical romance so I expected the ER scenes but they were not graphic. The remembrance of a simulation, on the other hand... -Funny: "looking for familiar taillights" - I don't even know how mine look like. -"He didn't need to be told twice. With a groan, Aiden buried himself in her moist heat". I cannot believe they didn't use a condom considering where she comes from and that they knew it was going to happen sooner or later. * One star off.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Kristen Lewendon

    This book has the emotional impact of a speeding freight train. It’s going to take you out at the knees, knock you down, and drag you through a minefield before it lifts you up with the promise of a brighter tomorrow. Just make sure to grab a box of tissues before you sit down to read it. At first, Haylee and Aiden seem to be an unlikely couple but as we learn more about each of them, it becomes obvious why they’re perfect for one another. Both of them have enough past baggage to fill that speed This book has the emotional impact of a speeding freight train. It’s going to take you out at the knees, knock you down, and drag you through a minefield before it lifts you up with the promise of a brighter tomorrow. Just make sure to grab a box of tissues before you sit down to read it. At first, Haylee and Aiden seem to be an unlikely couple but as we learn more about each of them, it becomes obvious why they’re perfect for one another. Both of them have enough past baggage to fill that speeding freight train and they have the exact skills that each other needs in order to unpack it all and find healing. Surrounding them is a quirky cast of characters that have banded together as family. I look forward to reading future stories of Sunset Bay. I received a complimentary advanced copy of this book through NetGalley

  24. 4 out of 5

    Bette Hansen

    What a fantastic book to start what should be an absolutely amazing new series that I can't wait to read more of. This book has so many incredible characters and a story that has so many facets it's hard to boil it down to just a few lines without giving anything away. The author did a fantastic job of developing these characters and really giving us their backstories so we can understand the people they are today. She also painted a beautiful picture of the small Oregon town the story takes pla What a fantastic book to start what should be an absolutely amazing new series that I can't wait to read more of. This book has so many incredible characters and a story that has so many facets it's hard to boil it down to just a few lines without giving anything away. The author did a fantastic job of developing these characters and really giving us their backstories so we can understand the people they are today. She also painted a beautiful picture of the small Oregon town the story takes place in. Oh, and did I mention there's puppies. And a baby. And so much more!!! Anyone who enjoys a small town romance will fall in love with this one from the very first page. Put this on the must read list. I highly recommend it.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Maria

    "Received an Advance Reader Copy in exchange for a fair review" An enjoyable story with interesting main and secondary characters, a plot full of surprises and a beautiful setting. The depiction of the burned out doctor still hurting from the cruelest tragedy is powerful in the beginning of the book, but somehow the allure of the broken/tortured hero is lost throughout the narrative as the character’s voice becomes a bit too corny or even conceited (his assumptions about why some women go into nur "Received an Advance Reader Copy in exchange for a fair review" An enjoyable story with interesting main and secondary characters, a plot full of surprises and a beautiful setting. The depiction of the burned out doctor still hurting from the cruelest tragedy is powerful in the beginning of the book, but somehow the allure of the broken/tortured hero is lost throughout the narrative as the character’s voice becomes a bit too corny or even conceited (his assumptions about why some women go into nursing because of their attraction to medical men…) and other elements are added into the story flow. This is my first Roxanne Snopek book and I’ll be reading more of her stories. I'm grateful to the publisher, Kensington Books/Zebra Shout, and NetGalley for providing a free copy

  26. 4 out of 5

    Shari

    Amazing, one the best books that I have in awhile. The first book in a new series that takes place in a small coastal town of Oregon. Haylee, takes care of dogs and horses on her aunt's ranch. Dr Aiden is the new ER doctor. Both individuals have broken pasts that still haunt them but with each other they begin to heal. You will go on an emotional journey with Haylee and Aiden, but to see their growth together is heartwarming. Plus, with puppies and babies, how can you go wrong. I can't wait to r Amazing, one the best books that I have in awhile. The first book in a new series that takes place in a small coastal town of Oregon. Haylee, takes care of dogs and horses on her aunt's ranch. Dr Aiden is the new ER doctor. Both individuals have broken pasts that still haunt them but with each other they begin to heal. You will go on an emotional journey with Haylee and Aiden, but to see their growth together is heartwarming. Plus, with puppies and babies, how can you go wrong. I can't wait to read the next book in the series.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Tonya

    I won a copy of this book in a "goodreads giveaway", and while this isn't the genre I usually read I really enjoyed it! You really feel for the characters and tho the story is a little slow moving it never lost my interest. I really like the ranch reviews at the beginning of every chapter too. I also just noticed that this is the first book in a series, I will definitely be looking up the next book!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Glenda

    Life is a mess I am a big fan of Roxanne’s writing! Once again she has written a story with true to life characters dealing with the issues life has handed them. Aiden and Haylee each have their pasts they are trying to keep buried but learn they can heal and have a second chance.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Janga

    Review will be posted soon at The Romance Dish.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Paula Altenburg

    I received an early copy of this book and I loved it. It's got a bit of a women's fiction vibe with a lot of romance thrown in, so if this mix is your Kryptonite, then I can highly recommend it!

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